I would have been out there with the rest of the collecting world. Celebrating. Opening packs. Watching videos of box breaks. Reading Twitter feeds (you can follow me @bdj610) to see the first cards they opened from a pack. Catching the Bay to see what master sets were initially going for.
But I live in the Chicago area. And...the temperatures here reached -27 below Fahrenheit at one point. I wasn't going to go out. Heck, if the Chicago Public Schools decided to close for the day, you know it's trouble. In fact, it was so cold, and I'm sure you saw video of this, but they set the train tracks on fire.
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The reason behind this is, according to news.com.au, "Snow and ice can clog the points used to keep the train rolling, so the gas-fuelled flames — which technically run alongside the tracks — keep the switch points warm so they don’t get clogged. It’s actually not uncommon for Metra to resort to the practice when the mercury drops below zero."
Okay, back to the point.
On Friday, February 2, after making the trek to work and logging in some hours at the office, I made my way to a card shop, Target, and Walmart (in that order) and bought a few packs from each location (okay, the Walmart didn't have them yet, but I had to check). So now, I was in the game. After dinner, I opened my first pack.
And what a way to begin 2019!!! My first card of 2019 is CARD #1 of the eponymous set, Ronald Acuña, Jr!!!
The 2018 National League Rookie of the Year, and winner of the Card #1 vote, is my first card for 2019. What else showed up in this 14-card pack?
- #9 Ben Zobrist, 2B/OF, Cubs
- #111 Reynaldo Lopez, P, White Sox
- #237 Seth Lugo, P, Mets
- #263 Always Sonny, Checklist 109-144
- #317 Kevin Gausman, P, Braves
- #65 Derek Dietrich Gold, OF/1B, Marlins
- #294 Dynamic Duo, Checklist #73-108
- #158 Byron Buxton, OF, Twins
- #44 Jay Bruce, OF, Mets
- #45 Nick Pivetta, P, Phillies
- #207 Richard Bleier, P, Orioles
- #234 Austin Hedges, C, Padres
- #153, Hunter Strickland, P, Giants
- 1984 35th Anniversary set
- Greatness Returns
- Topps Now Top 10
- Gleyber Torres Highlights
- Cactus League Legends
- Grapefruit League Greats
- Superstars of Baseball
- Ronald Acuña Highlights